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French rugby sets overseas quota

James Haskell, Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer
Haskell, Flutey and Palmer will all leave Wasps for France next season

French rugby is to limit the number of overseas players plying their trade domestically in their top-flight clubs.

Clubs will be set a minimum number of home-grown players and will be allowed to have no more than 30% of their squad from overseas by the 2011/12 season.

Three London Wasps players, James Haskell, Tom Palmer and Riki Flutey, will all move to France next season.

Newcastle Falcons outside-half Jonny Wilkinson has also been linked with a move to France.

"The rule will start to be applied progressively, with 50% of home-grown players in 2010/11 and 70% as of the 2011/12 season," said the French rugby league (LNR).


The LNR added that there would be a salary cap introduced at French rugby's top-flight clubs by the 2010/11 season to limit financial risks.

English rugby clubs already have a salary cap of £3.6m.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body, has previously voiced concerns at losing English players to clubs abroad.

The RFU, and Premier Rugby Limited, the organisation which represents the 12 Premiership clubs, have signed an agreement which allows England players to be released for international matches during the season.

But clubs outside the agreement do not need to adhere to the regulations.

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see also
Exporting the English way
31 Mar 09 |  Rugby Union
England get tough on player moves
25 Feb 09 |  English
Trio quit Wasps to play in France
17 Feb 09 |  London Wasps
Bates 'assumes' Wilkinson to stay
18 Mar 09 |  Newcastle

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